Blackhawks' Shaw could play in Western Conference Final

Blackhawks' Shaw could play in Western Conference Final
May 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Andrew Shaw should get back on the ice by this weekend and should play some time during the Western Conference Final, coach Joel Quenneville said on Thursday.

Shaw has been out since suffering a right-leg injury in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild. Quenneville said Shaw is progressing.

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“We expect to have him back on the ice this weekend and we’ll get a better determination of when he’ll play,” said Quenneville. “He certainly adds an ingredient you appreciate as a coach and a teammate. He has that relentless competitiveness, some skill offensive and he’s hard to play against. He has a nice set of hands, can take face-offs, can play center and wing. You look forward to getting him back.”

Meanwhile, Brandon Bollig was back among the lines, having served his two-game suspension for a hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4. Bollig was reunited with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith, who made a solid fourth-line combination through most of the regular season. Bollig didn’t sound thrilled at the suspension he received – “I guess they had their reasons and I served my time,” he said. But he said he’ll learn from it.

“Obviously you know it’s definitely not ideal that the guy got hurt, and I wasn’t looking to hurt anyone. I don’t think anyone’s out there to hurt anyone,” he said. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”

 

Andrew Shaw should get back on the ice by this weekend and should play some time during the Western Conference Final, coach Joel Quenneville said on Thursday.

 

Shaw has been out since suffering a right-leg injury in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild. Quenneville said Shaw is progressing.

 

“We expect to have him back on the ice this weekend and we’ll get a better determination of when he’ll play,” said Quenneville. “He certainly adds an ingredient you appreciate as a coach and a teammate. He has that relentless competitiveness, some skill offensive and he’s hard to play against. He has a nice set of hands, can take face-offs, can play center and wing. You look forward to getting him back.”

 

Meanwhile, Brandon Bollig was back among the lines, having served his two-game suspension for a hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4. Bollig was reunited with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith, who made a solid fourth-line combination through most of the regular season. Bollig didn’t sound thrilled at the suspension he received – “I guess they had their reasons and I served my time,” he said. But he said he’ll learn from it.

 

“Obviously you know it’s definitely not ideal that the guy got hurt, and I wasn’t looking to hurt anyone. I don’t think anyone’s out there to hurt anyone,” he said. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”